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How Alumni Associations role can help develop education in Nigeria

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A guest lecturer at reunion of Old Students Association of Idah Secondary Commercial College Class ’87 Comrade Emeje Ogu Sunday has advocated for alumni activties to be made more visible in secondary schools just as vibrant as it is in the universities.
Sunday was speaking against the backdrop of dwindling fortunes of public schools occasioned by lack of commitment on the part of leaders to the educational development of the country.
According to him, “Although alumni activities are more vibrant in universities, it just means that there are many lessons for secondary school alumni associations to learn from.
“Alumni associations help their Alma mater by alleviating its financial burdens through donations.”
He explained that In Nigeria where the government will continue to find it increasingly difficult to meet up with its responsibilities, alumni associations should play a vital role in providing assistance to these institutions.
“An Alumni perspective is important on the board of school management because an alumni manager has a good understanding of and a sense of belonging to the school.
“Alumni members are in a good position to offer advice on the relevance of the curriculum to the demand of the professional workplace.”
Continuing he said Alumni associations can contribute their knowledge in their specialized areas of expertise and experience necessary for the improvement of management processes and outcomes.
“In the UK, efforts to raise pupils’ aspirations have encouraged the recruitment of old boys and girls as volunteer role models to whom current pupils can relate.
“For instance, at London Academy, Edgeware (a British Secondary school), the “Future First” charity (earlier referred to) is helping the school formalize its efforts to develop an alumni network designed in its first phase to use former students as career role models.”

Sunday said the lesson is that students gain from talking to and exchanging ideas with alumni and form that also help them to develop valuable networking skills.
“The point here is that successful alumni can be very influential role models to current students of their Alma mater because of the bond they share as former students, and having gone through similar challenges that current students may be facing.
“Years of knowledge and life experiences that alumni have gained professionally and personally shared with students could make a pivotal difference in their lives.”
Hence he observed that Alumni could therefore be a source of vital career and character guidance and also help to transmit the essence of school spirit, culture and beliefs from one generation of students to the next.

He said, “In addressing the decay in our education system, we should draw resources from alumni associations. In doing so, the critical areas in our education system will be impacted positively.
“The way things stand in our country today, the support of alumni associations is critical to the conceptualization as well as effective implementation of education reforms.”

He also observed that alumni associations represent a significant and vocal constituency in the education sector adding that they are well-known sources of strength to the younger generations, as well as strong and powerful voice which could exercise a considerable amount of influence on the policy direction of education reforms in Nigeria.
He pointed out that they can help to provide the funding.
He challenged the gathering to begin to look at those critical areas where their roles can play huge impacts.
“Some areas are schools infrastructures and quality of teachers, which have suffered the most. If we must secure the future, we must stand our ground to defend the integrity of the learning spaces.
“We must collectively facilitate and intervene to ensure development and progress in the reformation of the education sector. Our interventions can come collectively or separately.”
Paul Amade Emmanuel, the convener of the Reunion while highlighting the activities of the set thus far and the idea behind the reunion lamented on the devastating structures around the school and encouraged the old students to do more so as to revive the institution to a befitting standard where their own children will be proud to attend.
According to him they should never forget that there is great reward in giving back to the system that in a way impacted their lives.
“Basic learning tools such as Library, computers, and books can be provided by alumni associations.
As members of alumni associations, your wealth of experience should be an addition to the system you once learned under.
“We cannot afford to fail in our role and responsibilities. We have so much we can give back to our institutions. Our progress in Nigeria is tied to the gains we can get from our education system.
“If we do nothing, the rot will continue and may haunt us all in future.”

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SSANU, NASU suspend 3 weeks old strike

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The three-week-old strike embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has been suspended with effect from midnight of on Friday, February 26.
After holding a meeting with the delegation of Federal Government led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige the
President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim Haruna, and the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, gave the indication on Thursday night.

On 5th February the leaderdhip of the unions directed all its branches to commence an indefinite strike with a view to pressing home their demands bordering on alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance and non-payment minimum wage arrears.

Other contentious issues raised include inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members among others.

Adeyemi while addressing newsmen after the meeting said the unions agreed to suspend the nationwide strike after extracting some concessions from the government, noting that the union’s demand have been harmonized to the satisfaction of both parties.

He pointed out that they will continue to monitor the agreements that have been reached with a timeline to ensure that FG implements its own side of the bargain.

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL) Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, on Monday pledged to ensure attainment of the university’s Stated mission to be one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

Akinwumi disclosed this in his inaugural speech at a ceremony to mark the official take-off of his administration on Monday at the Permanent Site of the institution at Felele area of Lokoja.

He said that the university established along with eight others in 2011 had in 10 years attracted a solid academic, administrative and technical staff and also attracted students from all over the country.

“My primary goal is to add value to the university stated mission which is to be the best among the nine newly-established Federal universities and one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

“I just know what I need to do if Federal University, Lokoja is to move to the top-10. The first part of the vision is relatively more straight-forward. I have personally been to all the Federal Universities established in 2011”, he said.

The new Vice Chancellor revealed that the university currently ranked seventh among the nine Federal Universities established in 2011, 78th in Nigeria, 255th in Africa and 10,600th in the world.

“The university has a unique mission to train employable graduates through competency-based teaching, applied research and practical community service to the catchment area, Africa and the world.

“At the interview that gave me this job, I submitted a vision plan that outlined what I will do if I got the job. Now that I have the job, I have reviewed the plan alongside the university’s strategic plan.

“I will share the plan with an expanded management committee and subsequently with the Senate so that it will be adopted and truly owned by the university”, he said.

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor said that by the first week of next month, he would share his vision plan with an expanded management committee and setup a 120-day agender for the the implementation of the plan.

Governor Yahaya Bello represented by the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Wemi Jones congratulated Akinwumi as the first indigene of Kogi to be Vice Chancellor of the Federal University.

Describing the Vice Chancellor as a “Champion”, he said, “Even before your arrival, we have taken time to find out your antecedents and what and what you have done and we are excited that you are with us in Lokoja at this time.

“I am now convinced that with what you have accomplished, I am just optimist that the Federal University, Lokoja is in the best of hands and shall see glorious development going forward”, he said. (NAN)

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The local council chairman of Wamba, honorable Abubakar Abbas and community leaders in Nunku, Alushi have lauded Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYC) a civil society organisation for the donation of 200 school desks, renovation of four blocks of classrooms in the state.

Honorable Abubakar while receiving the items donated on Friday at the Ta’al model school Wamba, commended the CSO for choosing the local governments and the schools.

“We are very happy and as well challenged by your determination and sacrifices for providing items that create conducive study environments to the vulnerable children in the rural schools” Mr. Abbas stated.

Mr. Abbas urged the school management to maintain the items prudently and the hosts communities to provide security against vandalism of the properties.

Other items donated include 2 first aid boxes, 10 tables and 20 chairs for teachers use.

The proprietor of the Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYCA) Dr. Nawani Aboki while handing over the items to the benefiting schools said the donation include two first aid boxes, 200 desk with 100 each to Ta’al model Islamia secondary school and RCM secondary school all in Wamba loval government respectively.

In the same vain three blocks of classrooms each in government day secondary school, Wamba, pilot science primary school, Nunku, Akwanga, government secondary school, Alushi were renovated and furnished by NACWYCA with support from Institute of Human Virology (IHVNigeria), Center for Disease Control (CDC).

According to the proprietor, the projects cost N5.5million only.

Mr. Aboki added that his organization is focus on identifying and supporting the vulnerable women and children with good nutrition and education in the state through a platform known as OVC–ACHIEVE(orphans and vulnerable Children–Achieving Control of HIV/Aids Epidemic Through Evidence.

The principal of government day secondary school, Wamba Mrs. Regina Dauda in appreciation said that the renovation of the block of three classrooms will create a conducive learning environment for the students.

Community leaders in Wamba, Nunku and Alushi who witnessed the donations, lauded the NGO for reaching out to the vulnerable in their communities and pleaded with the state government and other concerned agencies to emulate the gesture of NACWYCA.

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